Blogs

Microsoft 365: Bringing Intelligent Security To Business

We are living at an Inflection Point. Digital transformation is the biggest change any of us has seen in our lifetime. Companies invest in technology to optimize operations, transform products,
Posted on October 11, 2018
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Resistance Is Futile

Agile development methodologies are well into the Gartner “Scope of Enlightenment” stage, yet are still misunderstood by stakeholders and teams that don’t yet realize the tremendous value that it can
Posted on October 9, 2018

WEBINAR: Microsoft Power BI Solution for System Center Configuration Manager

Microsoft Power BI Solution for System Center Configuration Manager It is shocking how little the reporting functionality of SCCM is used in many enterprises. The amount of last minute effort
Posted on October 4, 2018

Agile Transformation For An Insurance Provider

OVERVIEW A large insurance provider in the Northeastern US decided to implement an Agile Transformation initiative across their organization, as part of the implementation of a new policy provisioning system.
Posted on August 15, 2018

Digital Transformation Within Hospitality – A Mobile First Case Study

Digital transformation within the hospitality industry has begun to push innovation in the mobile technology space. As a result, user experience and customer loyalty have become more important than ever
Posted on June 29, 2018
Microsoft Recognition

Oakwood Systems Group Earns Microsoft Recognition

The 2014 Partner of the Year Capitalizes on the Growing Demand for Cloud Solutions   January 20, 2015, St. Louis, MO: Oakwood Systems Group, a business and technology consulting firm,
Posted on October 17, 2017
Guy Kawasaki

Interview with Guy Kawasaki on Marketing

Good information shared by arguably one of the industry’s leaders. Interview with Guy Kawasaki on marketing and building a brand. About Oakwood Since 1981, Oakwood has been helping companies of
Posted on September 7, 2017
Business Intelligence

Actionable Business Intelligence Is Not A Million Dollar Project

Ever heard the phrase “we have a lot of wood to chop?”  Well, we just realized that Business Intelligence is number one on the CIO “must have” list for the
Posted on September 7, 2017
Great IT group

Does Every Organization Need To Be A Best Place to Work?

Do you have a great IT group that is helping to make your company a better place to work?  Here comes the survey so you can sign up your company
Posted on September 7, 2017
Microsoft Licensing Agreement

Another $50K Into the Hopper

Are you up-to-date on Microsoft licensing agreement benefits?  This morning I read another case study about a client who saved a lot of money (around $50K) by replacing a third
Posted on September 7, 2017
Service Manager

Do IT Projects Have Organizational Value?

Several team members were discussing Portfolio Management.  We agreed that one of the main tenets of portfolio management is demand management, and the key to making it work is to
Posted on September 7, 2017
Social Media Power Outage

Reduce the Cost of Social Media Marketing

I read an article the other day that discussed that “free” social media marketing is a terrific time and money hog in the corporate environment, and my own experience bears
Posted on September 7, 2017
Business Intelligence

Driving the Business with Business Intelligence

Let's talk about business intelligence.  The Oakwood Team is pretty jazzed about the conceptual metaphor: “Driving Your Business with BI”.  The spot-on clarity of the comparison—and how important it relates
Posted on September 7, 2017
Six Dollar Haircut

Why Would You Buy a Six Dollar Haircut Anyway?

Ever thought about how nice it would be to get a six dollar haircut?  Let's digress for a minute.  An email arrived this morning with the title “Build a Project
Posted on September 7, 2017
sales prevention department

Managing the Sales Prevention Department

Every time a representative of your company interacts with a customer, they could be reassigning themselves to the Sales Prevention Department.  Every time one of your company's processes or systems touches a
Posted on September 7, 2017
What can Oakwood do for you?

No Competitive Differentiators For Our Custom Development Practice

You probably catch yourself saying to your significant other once or twice a day “So, what can Oakwood do for you?”  We don’t have a unique competitive difference for our
Posted on September 7, 2017
80/20 Rule

80/20 Spending Rule – Get Better 1% at a Time

80/20.  What exactly are we talking about?  As humans, sometimes we make projects so huge that there's no way to get them done.  “We must reduce our IT maintenance budget
Posted on September 7, 2017
IT Teams

Mapping the Customer Engagement – Where Does IT Touch? Where Can IT Touch?

Hey IT Teams.  Got an idea.  Grab a piece of paper and draw a circle in the middle of it.  Label it “Customer.”  Now draw lines out from the circle,
Posted on September 7, 2017

Every Person Affects the Bottom Line

“Undercover Boss,” if you haven't seen it, is a TV show where the head of a big organization goes undercover as a worker, learning from his own unknowing employees and
Posted on September 7, 2017
Master Data Management

Run, Grow, Transform. Why Master Data Management is Important.

Building a strong foundation makes it easier to build a strong house.  If you don't have a Master Data Management (MDM) strategy in place, it will cost you more time
Posted on September 7, 2017
Leveraging Azure

Leveraging Azure for Disaster Recovery & Cold Storage

Disaster Recovery (DR) has long been a difficult challenge in any data center. Historically, the options have been manual processes, or, automated processes that have typically placed expensive constraints on the limited supply
Posted on September 7, 2017
Gold Competency

Oakwood Earns Sixth Gold Competency – Messaging

Oakwood Systems Group announces that it has earned its sixth Gold Competency from Microsoft, in Messaging.  Microsoft competencies showcase the company's capabilities in specific areas of technology knowledge, with Gold
Posted on September 7, 2017
Upgrade Your SQL Server

When Was the Last Time You Upgraded SQL Server?

Upgrade your SQL Server.  But how?  It’s kind of like that college class you hated but was necessary to take in order to graduate. The homework was awful so you
Posted on September 7, 2017
BYOD

Bring Your Own Device | What’s The Big Deal?

BYOD, or bring your own device, is a reflection of another term-of-the-day, “the consumerization of IT.”  While they aren’t 100% the same, the two terms are frequently used interchangeably.  For
Posted on September 7, 2017
BI Implementation

Avoid the High-Wire Act During BI Implementation

In many clients we see the fine art of BI implementation is a challenge similar to a high-wire act, avoiding a fiscal cliff or landing a person on the moon.
Posted on September 7, 2017
Infrastructure Operations

The Problem with Infrastructure Operations Managing Applications

For many organizations, infrastructure operations are responsible for running hardware infrastructure associated with the application platform.  The application manager is in charge of managing the application, which includes functional configurations
Posted on September 7, 2017
Nimbus

Assessing Cloud Value – The Nimbus Framework

Talking today about Nimbus.  Hey, don't freak out!  We are only talking about the cloud.  One of the most frequent questions we are asked about the cloud, and specifically Azure,
Posted on September 7, 2017
Backup Protocols

Why “Backup” is Becoming a Dirty Word

A very interesting topic we like to chat about is backup protocols.  Are you excited?  Here is what happened.  A robust conversation took place this morning on the topic of
Posted on September 7, 2017
Office 365 Email

MS Office 365 – It May Be Time To Look

Wondering about Office 365 benefits.   Time to consider it?  We agree!  And, we have you covered.  Let's jump into the world of online applications.  It hasn't been without challenges.  The
Posted on September 7, 2017
SQL Server

Broken SQL, Broken Company: A Client Story

Everyone has heard about SQL Server.  We share client stories in the hope that something will spark something, cause someone to take some action, or otherwise turn on a light
Posted on September 7, 2017